GLTN Cluster updates

As part of ensuring a vibrant and effective Network, the organizational arrangements of the Global Land Tool Network were reviewed in 2018 and a new set of arrangements developed in response to partners’ feedback. The Network now has an inclusive Steering Committee comprising partners represented by the dual leaders of the four main clusters, development partners, and supported by the GLTN Secretariat. These clusters are based on professional backgrounds or sectors, which Partners select in consultation with the Secretariat when joining the Network.

Roles and functions of clusters

  1. Support the delivery of the GLTN programme;
  2. Facilitate knowledge exchange particularly on impacts and lessons;
  3. Collaborate on specific projects and processes including tool identification and development, capacity development, research and innovation;
  4. Advocate for the GLTN Agenda and serve as a means to organize and communicate between partners within the Network and beyond;
  5. Meet face to face every two years at the GLTN Partners meeting to discuss activities and their implementation, to share knowledge, and vote on cluster leadership;
  6. Hold ad-hoc meetings, as is deemed necessary, during global and regional events or during the implementation of planned activities; and
  7. Foster inter-cluster interactions and knowledge-sharing by involving other clusters members in their activities where relevant.

More information on clusters is available in the GLTN Partnership Charter

Click on the tabs below to see the respective information on the clusters.

Acting as a collective entity and as individual organizations, the Rural international civil societies cluster shall promote, advocate and lobby for enhanced access to, control over, and ownership of land and resources by rural poor communities. In particular, the cluster in the context of GLTN shall:

  • strengthen the formulation and monitoring the implementation of pro-poor land policies and programs through evidence-based advocacy
  • enhance capacities of CSOs and rural communities in protecting and defending their rights to land and resources through the promotion and development of land tools and approaches
  • broaden the understanding and knowledge on land rights through convening of multi-stakeholder dialogues and learning events

The Cluster is currently co-led by the Huairou Commission and ANGOC.

More information about the partners in this cluster is available here.

Urban international civil societies include Non-governmental Organisations (NGO), not-for-profit organisations, Community-Based Organisations (CBOs), faith-based organisations (FBOs), Grassroots organisations. These organisations are working in urban areas and undertake programme/project delivery in the land sector.

The Cluster is currently co-led by Habitat for Humanity and SDI.

This Cluster comprises institutions (comprising universities, research centres, policy institutes and think tanks) engaged in education, research, teaching and training and other academic style work in land-related fields. These organisations are governmental bodies with an international mandate to provide educational and capacity development support in multiple land-related practice areas, teaching and research. The fields of the organisations in this Cluster include (but are not limited to) land administration, land management, mapping, urban and rural development, geoinformation, land tenure, land information, land registration, land use planning, and land valuation.

The Cluster supports the delivery of the GLTN programmes by facilitating land-focused knowledge exchange, particularly on impacts and lessons. Some critical contributions of the Cluster to the Network includes the development tools and initiatives such as the Tenure Responsive Land Use Planning (TR-LUP), Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM), Urban-Rural Land Linkages (URLLs), Fit-for-Purpose Land Administration (FFP-LA), amongst many other others.

The Cluster is currently co-led by the University of East London (UEL) and Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).

More information about the partners in this cluster is available here.

This Cluster is made up of not-for-profit global and regional professional bodies, associations and organizations developing and offering technical tools, services and standards in land-related fields including, but not limited to, land management, land administration, cadastral mapping, planning, spatial data infrastructure, land information, land registration, land use planning, land valuation, land tenure, hydrography and geospatial mapping. It also includes governmental bodies that have an international mandate in providing knowledge support and professional services in land management and land administration.

The Cluster is represented in the GLTN’s Steering Committee and provides strategic input in the development and delivery of GLTN’s work programme through various activities including land-related research, land tools development, land policy and strategy development, application of tools at the country level, capacity development, advocacy and knowledge management.

To date, the Cluster has supported the Network in the development of the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM), Gender Evaluation Criteria, Costing and Financing of Land Administration System (CoFLAS), Fit-for-Purpose Land Administration, and Policy and Practice Manual on the Valuation of Unregistered Land. Moreover, the Cluster has supported various initiatives of GLTN including gender, youth, post-conflict, land-based financing, and urban-rural land linkages, amongst others.

The Cluster is currently co-led by the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and Arab Union of Surveyors (AUS).

More information about the partners in this cluster is available here.